Category Archives: Repeat offenders

Authors and publishers who just wouldn’t quit

Nell 2: Me 0

How Nell Scored. By Bessie Marchant. Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, nd. (circa 1930?) Attentive readers will realise that this is my second copy of Nell. Last time she scored up a tree, this time it’s with fish! On our

Nell 2: Me 0

How Nell Scored. By Bessie Marchant. Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, nd. (circa 1930?) Attentive readers will realise that this is my second copy of Nell. Last time she scored up a tree, this time it’s with fish! On our

Unsavory doings

Aircraftman Poke. By Chris Savery (see what I did there?). Lutterworth Press, London, 1958 (this printing 1963). This is one of those titles that just make me stare in disbelief when it turns up on a sale table. What on

Unsavory doings

Aircraftman Poke. By Chris Savery (see what I did there?). Lutterworth Press, London, 1958 (this printing 1963). This is one of those titles that just make me stare in disbelief when it turns up on a sale table. What on

Children can be cruel

Children’s authors even more so. Having invented an unkindly childish nickname for her protagonist, the author proceeds to use it relentlessly all the way through. Lead by example: that’s what I say! Thistledown Tony.  By Constance Savery. Victory Press, London,

Children can be cruel

Children’s authors even more so. Having invented an unkindly childish nickname for her protagonist, the author proceeds to use it relentlessly all the way through. Lead by example: that’s what I say! Thistledown Tony.  By Constance Savery. Victory Press, London,

At it again!

Enid Blyton, I mean. Hello, Mr. Twiddle! By Enid Blyton. Dean & Son, London, (this edn, 1968). Was Mr Twiddle a friend of Mr Pinkwhistle? I’m a little afraid to read it — I might find out.

At it again!

Enid Blyton, I mean. Hello, Mr. Twiddle! By Enid Blyton. Dean & Son, London, (this edn, 1968). Was Mr Twiddle a friend of Mr Pinkwhistle? I’m a little afraid to read it — I might find out.

He’s back

Yes, it’s Coppernob in his first adventure, but second appearance here! Coppernob Buckland, by Lawrence R Bourne, Humphrey Milford/OUP (n.d., but 1920s or early 30s I’d say) Find the sequel here. This copy still had a loose publisher’s blurb inside

He’s back

Yes, it’s Coppernob in his first adventure, but second appearance here! Coppernob Buckland, by Lawrence R Bourne, Humphrey Milford/OUP (n.d., but 1920s or early 30s I’d say) Find the sequel here. This copy still had a loose publisher’s blurb inside

An awfully pink adventure

The Adventures of Mr Pinkwhistle. Enid Blyton, Newnes, London, 1950. (Illustrated by Dorothy Wheeler) Read all about this Secret Little Man and what he gets up to on a Marvellous Afternoon with Jimmy, the Girl with the Broken Doll, the

An awfully pink adventure

The Adventures of Mr Pinkwhistle. Enid Blyton, Newnes, London, 1950. (Illustrated by Dorothy Wheeler) Read all about this Secret Little Man and what he gets up to on a Marvellous Afternoon with Jimmy, the Girl with the Broken Doll, the

We’ve always suspected it

Biggles Takes it Rough. By Capt. WE Johns, Leicester: Brockhampton Press, 1963. It’s not like we couldn’t have guessed, really. All that camaraderie and dashing about in a manful way. Dead give-away. Oh all right: I apologise to Biggles fans

We’ve always suspected it

Biggles Takes it Rough. By Capt. WE Johns, Leicester: Brockhampton Press, 1963. It’s not like we couldn’t have guessed, really. All that camaraderie and dashing about in a manful way. Dead give-away. Oh all right: I apologise to Biggles fans